Letters to the Editor – May 12

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s Alasio Naduva in action during the team's training session at the Unprising Beach Resort ground in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Fire in his eyes
ALMOST every picture of Alasio Naduva, Fiji’s speedster in 7s — you will see the intensity in his face. In the Singapore final his picture (FT 3/5) is shown with the headline “Give me the ball” and he has fire in his eyes. To me, when he gets the ball, he has a purpose. Once again, I see his picture on the front page of The Fiji Times (11/5) during the team’s training session at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour. You see that fire once again and that was just a training run. Oh boy, I can’t wait to watch the next leg of the HSBC WRSS. To the team, the Kava Place gang await the games. And just make some space for him and he will be touching down the ball for a try even before I finish saying, “We’ll have a taki for that”. No doubt you are all champions but give him the ball. ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Our needs and wants

SOMEONE special once told me with confidence that “no matter what happens in life, you must be thankful with whatever you have”. In this day and age, I believe the cost of living is protruding unimaginably and sometimes not consistent with our pay packets we receive on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. The other day I asked my colleague about this statement and surely he shared similar sentiments but in a more abrupt manner. I laughed at his comments. Regardless, in these kinds of difficult moments, it is essential to differentiate between our “needs” and “wants”. When writing our shopping list, we must ask this question again and again, “do I really need this stuff?” Often when doing the actual shopping we tend to slot into our trolley items that never existed in the original shopping list. That’s normal for any customer but this must be controlled given the hard times with the high cost of living. All in all, we must remember to appreciate what we have, be it small or big and always have a passion to help our fellow Fijians in one way or the other. Have a blessed weekend and take care. SPENCER ROBINSON, Suva

Driver fatigue

THE New Zealand court has fined a company $10,000 and reparations of $80,000 after WorkSafe NZ found the worker had worked 197 hours in two weeks (msn news). I believe truck drivers, bus drivers, minibus drivers and taxidrivers have caused many accidents through driver fatigue but the appropriate government ministries have never identified this work place hazards . Food for thought on our risky overloaded roads where LTA and police should not only check the state of the vehicles but the drivers too. DAN URAI, Lautoka

Moral decay

WITH the case of an eight-year-old girl brutally raped, tortured and killed in India by four ruthless beasts, the question that haunts our mind is the morality of humans. The world has advanced so much in terms of technology and lifestyle. Yet, it seems we have taken a nosedive as far as morality goes. We have so much awareness and gatherings as well as discourses from Holy Scriptures. Yet, our intentions lead us to darkness. Every day there are cases of rape, murder, torture and abuse on children, girls, women and helpless animals. This is really a shameful act! So many times people have been caught having extra-marital affairs, illegitimate affairs and even affairs one can never imagine. For example, grandfather with granddaughter! Relationships have also shattered as well. And it is practised by humans on humans and on helpless creatures such as dogs and cats. I wonder what level of morality is out there and how much more we may plunge and downgrade ourselves. Perhaps it is time that people face these criminal acts with greater strength and commitment. The protection of girls and women by men is crucial and every man must take ownership of ensuring that girls and women are safe everywhere. A more proactive approach is therefore needed. NAVEEN DUTT, Wainibokasi

No job for life

TO keep ones job one must be proactive, stay productive and efficient! It is for this very reason that two to five-year work contracts are drawn up. If one underperforms during this term, there is a strong chance your work contract will not be renewed. Whether in the private sector or in government, nobody wants unproductive, incompetent people in their organisation. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is absolutely correct in stating that nobody gives jobs for life! (FT:11/05). For our nation to become a success, everyone needs to understand that it hinges on how productive and efficient we are. Over the past several decades, government services have been nothing more than a lacklustre affair! Working contracts is definitely the way to go! SIMON HAZELMAN, Rava Estate, Savusavu.

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